CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- At Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chesterfield County, they're all about giving back to the community.
"We've worked for the last ten years to become a community-based church," Becky Wade, Director of Community engagement for the church, said.
The church has been a staple in the area for more than half a century. This year, they've been focused on handing out bags of food to families in need.
"When COVID began, we realized that this area was going to be hit hard," Wade said. "From March to August 31, we gave 1,011 bags. Since September 1, we've given out almost 900."
As the Director of Community Engagement for the church, Wade normally helps hand out food every Thursday and Saturday.
This week they're doing more to help families in need prep for Thanksgiving.
"Each bag contains enough food to do roughly two meals for a family and depending on how many people are in the family, that's how many bags we give out to each family," Wade said.
Wade said they handed out more than 40 bags Tuesday evening and hope to continue giving back for as long as they can.
"We want the people around us to know who we are, and we want them to know that they can trust us," Wade added.
The church will be handing out bags of food again this weekend on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9400 Redbridge Road.